I have some thoughts on it sure.
I get why people are upset. My understanding was that the book was marketed toward women — and I’ve seen a lot of people claiming the reason people were upset was “a hypersensitivity to erotic images “. I like what my pal Amy Claire said “ i like the booty and i dont like only ever being seen as a booty”
So yeah, putting that Manara cover and interior artist and noted porn tracer Greg Land on a book meant to be sold as something for women to identify with seems like a huge fuck up on Marvel’s part.
also, Manara is soo bad at defending his position:
Like here— “ For evolutionists, including me, on the other hand, women’s bodies have taken this form over the millennia in order to avoid the ‘extinction of the species, in fact. If women were made exactly as men, with the same shape, I think we would have already been extinct for a long time.”
This reads like him saying that only women who look like Liv Tyler ever get pregnant.
but yeah, I do still argue that Manara has done work that I find incredibly interesting and personally important. His Bergman series is one of the things that I go to when I want to think of new directions that comics can go.
I would love the discussion to be about his larger body of work. —There’s a lot of stuff in it that I find more worrying than the Spider-woman cover, There’s a lot of erotocizing of rape. and granted I think anything is fair game in ideas on paper. but there’s misogyny there that I don’t wanna co-sign.
So yeah, Eminem, Bukowski, Manara— another one to the list of artists whose work I love that I have to qualify that I don’t always agree with. and I’m well aware that’s possible for me to do that because I am not the subject of their weird shit.
No single tool is required. You can get by without paper, or inks, or pencils, or a computer. Use what’s useful for you.
If you need to trace an image, whether it’s your own early rough sketches or a photocopy of a car, a lightbox is useful.
If you work digitally from rough to finished colors obviously you won’t need a lightbox. See Freddie E. Williams II’s The DC Comics Guide To Digitally Drawing Comics.
I have a lightbox but I rarely use it. I almost always draw buildings freehand. I do use SketchUp for cars and trucks because it’s quicker than drawing them freehand, which I can do very nicely but it takes time. The only requirement is that you adapt traced reference so that it looks like the rest of your style.